Rental Housing In Maryland

Maryland Rental Overview

The population of Maryland, according to the 2010 Census, is 5,773,552. The total number of households in the state is 2,156,411. The average household size for Maryland is 2.49. The total number of renter households in the state is 700,636 which means that 32.49% of households are renter households. Compared to all other U.S. States, Maryland is ranked 27th in percentage of renters. District Of Columbia is ranked first with 57.99% and West Virginia ranks last with only 26.55%.

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the median rent paid among all renter households and housing types and sizes in Maryland is $1,194 per month. Ranked against all other states in the country, Maryland ranks 4th for the highest median rent. Hawaii ranks first at $1,387 and West Virginia ranks last at $618. Though rents are set more locally, statewide median rents provide a basic outlook of housing costs for each state.

The number of vacant rental units in Maryland is 54,319 representing a vacancy rate of 7.3%. Among all U.S. states, Maryland ranks 28th for the lowest vacancy rates. New York ranks first with a vacancy rate of 4.5% and South Carolina ranks last with a vacancy rate of 12.9%. As lower vacancy rates are an indication of a healthier rental housing portfolio, Maryland’s rental housing portfolio is performing at the National average.

ProgramProjectsUnits
Project Based Section 8 281 23,198
Section 202 113 6,243
Section 811 101 1,096
Section 515 139 4,790
RDRA 115 2,747
LIHTC 592 46,961
Senior 223 14,262
Public Housing 59 2,542
Section 8 Voucher 32 51,656
Total 1,038 80,563
Note: The total does not necessarily equal the sum of each program as some properties may participate in multiple funding programs.

‡This program is not project based, instead Housing Authorities provide vouchers to individual renters. In the state of Maryland there are 32 independent Housing Authorities that may issue these vouchers.

The average number of units per property for affordable rentals in Maryland is 77.60. The largest market for federally assisted housing in the state is Baltimore at 21,134 units and the smallest is Capital Heights at 4 unit(s). 223 apartment properties provide housing for seniors containing 14,262 units. Of the 80,563 units, 5,798 units include some form of rental assistance (like Section 8) to make rent more affordable for very low income families.

Affordable Housing by Counties in Maryland ranked by federally assisted units

There are 24 counties or county equivalents in Maryland. The county or county equivalent with the largest population is Montgomery County at 971,777 and the smallest is Queen Annes County at . The county or county equivalent with the largest percentage of renter households is Baltimore city at 52.32% and The county or county equivalent with lowest portion of renters is Prince Georges County at 0%.

The density of Federal housing assistance at the county level in Maryland ranges from a low of 0 units per 1,000 renter households in Prince Georges County to a high of 305.5 units per 1,000 renter households in Baltimore city. The average Federal housing assistance density for all counties in Maryland is 165.7 units per 1,000 renter households.

The table below summarizes the Federally assisted housing located in each county in Maryland. All major affordable housing programs are provided on a county by county basis. Click on the name of the county to see a more in depth summary of affordable housing in that county.

CountyTotal Units
Baltimore city 21,193
Montgomery County 13,587
Prince Georges County 12,259
Baltimore County 6,059
Howard County 3,378
Harford County 3,251
Anne Arundel County 3,228
Wicomico County 2,127
Charles County 1,941
Cecil County 1,643
Washington County 1,503
Frederick County 1,370
Dorchester County 1,149
Allegany County 1,089
St Marys County 1,015
Calvert County 967
Carroll County 775
Worcester County 741
Caroline County 715
Talbot County 680
Kent County 635
Garrett County 626
Somerset County 532
Queen Annes County 157

Affordable Housing by City in Maryland ranked by federally assisted units

We are tracking 169 cities in Maryland that have at least one Federally assisted housing community. With a population of 5,773,552, Saint Charles has the largest population of these cities. There are 2 Federally assisted housing communities in Saint Charles which are home to about 190 families, most of which are lower income families.

The table below provides a summary of all Federally assisted housing communities by city in Maryland. All the major affordable housing funding program breakdowns are provided. Click on the city name to get a full affordable rental housing report for each city in Maryland.

CityTotal Units
Baltimore 21,134
Silver Spring 4,933
Columbia 2,272
Salisbury 1,768
Annapolis 1,726
Gaithersburg 1,664
Bethesda 1,642
Landover 1,638
Glen Burnie 1,288
Edgewood 1,218
Hagerstown 1,195
Frederick 1,103
Aberdeen 1,074
Waldorf 1,072
Suitland 1,070
Rockville 1,029
Bladensburg 980
Cambridge 975
Germantown 937
Essex 924
Hyattsville 855
Glenarden 821
Dundalk 801
Cumberland 768
Lexington Park 729
Owings Mills 663
Laurel 646
Towson 622
Wheaton 616
Easton 606
Prince Frederick 590
College Park 589
Takoma Park 560
North Bethesda 549
Catonsville 547
Elkton 542
Chestertown 534
District Heights 516
Seat Pleasant 480
Upper Marlboro 477
Forestville 464
Elkridge 447
Princess Anne 446
Fort Washington 442
Reisterstown 434
Westminster 430
Temple Hills 424
Mount Rainier 420
Randallstown 417
Capitol Heights 399
Perryville 388
Checy Chase 373
Lansdowne 367
Leonardtown 326
Pikesville 324
Bowie 307
North East 300
Clinton 291
Derwood 287
Ellicott City 278
Pocomoke City 275
Denton 270
Rising Sun 270
Federalsburg 263
Riverdale 261
Frostburg 256
Bel Air 255
Berlin 247
La Plata 231
Olney 217
Rosedale 216
Oakland 214
Largo 209
Abingdon 206
Snow Hill 200
Timonium 200
Havre De Grace 198
Saint Charles 190
Hurlock 174
Great Mills 174
Damascus 164
Marlow Heights 162
Hampstead 153
St. Charles 152
Joppatowne 150
Aspen Hill 143
Chesapeake Beach 142
Chillum 140
Cockeysville 130
Bel Air South 130
Colesville 130
Indian Head 120
Langley Park 117
Clarksburg 116
Delmar 116
Kensington 114
Adelphi 113
Centreville 111
Prince Frederic 110
Columbia City 108
Grantsville 104
Woodstock 102
Edgewater 102
Fruitland 102
Greenbelt 101
Brunswick 100
Sandy Spring 100
Middle River 100
Sykesville 96
Maugansville 96
Odenton 96
Ridgely 96
Mt. Lake Park 94
Port Deposit 93
Mc Henry 88
Potomac 87
Greensboro 86
Pittsville 84
Chevy Chase 81
Walkerville 80
Laplata 80
Pocomoke 77
Smithsburg 76
Lusby 76
Oxon Hill 74
Hancock 72
Eldersburg 72
Rock Hall 70
Palmer Park 69
Fairmount Heights 68
Boonsboro 60
St Charles 56
Thurmont 55
Friendsville 50
Montgomery Village 49
North Beach 49
Govans 41
Bryans Road 40
Lanham 37
Westernport 35
Mountain Lake Park 32
Emmitsburg 32
Callaway 32
Hebron 32
Galena 31
Chester 30
Chesapeake City 30
Lonaconing 30
Crisfield 28
St. Michaels 26
Willards 25
Mt Lake Park 24
Taneytown 24
Trappe 24
St Michaels 24
Cecilton 20
Whiteford 20
Accident 20
Mount Washington 18
Sudlersville 16
Severn 16
Berwyn Heights 12
Savage 11
Reisterestown 11
Temle Hills 10
Lowell 10
Beltsville 9
Capital Heights 4
Williamsport 4

Housing Authorities in Maryland ranked by assisted units and vouchers

Housing authorities are governmental (or quasi-governmental) entities that manage various Federal housing assistance programs on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These programs include Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and other programs.

There are 32 housing authorities in Maryland. These housing authorities own and operate an aggregate of public housing units and administer Section 8 rental vouchers. Of the 32 housing authorities, 53.1% have both a public housing and Section 8 program.

The largest housing authority in Maryland by total housing assistance units managed is Housing Authority of Baltimore City with 30,175 public housing units under management (11,426 public housing units and 18,749 Section 8 vouchers).

The table below provides a list of housing authorities in Maryland and includes each housing authorities public housing and Section 8 voucher count. Click on the housing authority name to get more details on the housing authority.

NamePublic Housing UnitsSection 8 Vouchers
Housing Authority of Baltimore City 11,426 18,749
Housing Opportunity Commission of Montgomery County 1,554 6,410
Baltimore County, MD Housing - 6,124
Housing Authority of Prince Georges County 372 5,750
Housing Commisson of Anne Arundel County 1,024 2,091
MD Dept. of Housing And Community Development - 2,459
Hagerstown Housing Authority 1,180 900
Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis 1,013 384
Housing Authority of St. Mary 52 1,313
Harford County Housing Agency - 1,255
Frederick Housing Authority 406 725
Howard County Housing Commission 50 944
County Commissioners Charles County - 909
Wicomico County Housing Authority 277 383
Carroll County Housing And Community Dev - 649
Cecil County Housing Agency - 634
Housing Authority of Washington County - 578
Rockville Housing Enterprises 105 409
Housing Authority of the City of Cumberland 424 -
Housing Authority of Calvert County 72 339
Housing Authority of Crisfield 329 23
City of Westminster Housing Office - 293
Housing Authority of the Town of Easton 65 139
Elkton Housing Authority 150 40
Housing Authority of Cambridge 189 -
Queen Anne's County Housing Authority 25 136
College Park Housing Authority 108 -
Housing Authority of the City of Frostburg 99 -
St. Michaels Housing Authority 61 20
Housing Authority of Allegany County 77 -
Havre De Grace Housing Authority 60 -
Glenarden Housing Authority 60 -

Federally Assisted Affordable Rental Housing

According to our affordable housing data, Maryland has a total of 1,038 rental properties that receive at least one form of Federal housing assistance and are at least partially reserved for low income persons. These properties contain an estimated 80,563 rental housing units. (Note: Some of the Federal source data we use does not include total unit count for a property -- most notably the LIHTC database -- so the number of units listed here may be less than the actual.)

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program is the largest assistance program by unit count. The program assists 46,961 in Maryland. The charts below lay out how each Federal program impact affordable housing in Maryland.

Federal Programs By Unit Count Hover over a bar to view